Feb 23, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr (88) celebrates winning the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Players Enjoying The Daytona 500

Feb 23, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Ryan Newman (31), Austin Dillon (3), Cole Whitt (26), Parker Kligerman (30), Terry Labonte (32) wreck during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Great American Race, the Daytona 500, took place on Sunday with a gut wrenching fan experience heading into the 2014 NASCAR season.  Chipper Jones has awesome been a fan of the sport as he’s been to a couple races, has been the Grand Marshall to start the race and tweeted about NASCAR many times.  But did you know other Atlanta Braves players are fans as well?

But before we get into who on the Braves team was attending this great event, take a look at Chipper’s predictions prior to the race…


This event is always the celebrity turn out – turn your head one way and you see another star.  Faces I didn’t expect to see were the ones of Atlanta Braves players.  Relief pitcher David Carpenter, closer Craig Kimbrel, second basemen Dan Uggla and the hugger Freddie Freeman. If you’re not a fan of NASCAR, that’s fine, some aren’t but the stage was set and the crowd was there to put on a great show…….Until the rain came. With 38 laps complete in the Daytona 500, mother nature stormed down on the track with a nonstop rain, bad thunderstorms in the area and tornado warnings.

The weather and clean up of the track was a total of over six hours.


But after those long and tedious hours of waiting, we got word that racing would be starting back up!



During the time waiting though, I decided to send David Carpenter a tweet and see what he was up to.


Sitting inside the suites at Daytona, Carpenter had a great view of the Daytona 500 trophy.


Peter Moylan chimed in on the action to “try” and give Chipper a little stab.


And then we started racin’ again!  Around 8:30pm Sunday evening, the cars were back on the track ready to complete the first race of the season.

To the fans excitement, Dale Earnhardt Jr won the Daytona 500 in grand fashion.  To say the fans were delighted is an understatement.


And with his victory, Dale Jr joined us on Twitter!


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